Monday, January 27, 2014
Its Time To Put Quality Teachers Back Into The Classroom.
As we approach the second semester of the 2013-14 school year, the De Blasio Administration should be working on improving the New York City public schools and start the process to eliminate the Bloomberg education policies that hurt the schools and the students in them. While Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina have only been in charge for a month and change does take time. Their priority should be to do what's best for the student academic outcomes going forward.
The question is how can we improve student academic achievement for the second semester? What can be done this semester and will cost little or no extra money and help students improve academically? My suggestion is to place the 2,000+ ATRs back into the classroom within their District, either as a "push in" teacher, co-teacher, and filling all vacancies with the ATRs. Since the DOE is paying for the ATRs already, it will only cost a minimal amount of money as schools would need to hire a few more substitute teachers since the ATRs would not be "babysitting" students anymore. However, the De Blasio administration must include a total hiring freeze, no exceptions, if this is to work.
Yes, some Principals may object to being forced to hire ATRs but its not "what's best for the principals", its what's best for the students and that means that schools must hire the "best" not the "cheapest" teachers as they have over the Bloomberg last two terms as Mayor. Furthermore, many of the ATRs are "quality teachers" and are considered "highly qualified" by the "No Child Left Behind" act.
If the Mayor and Chancellor really want to change things quickly and help the students imporove academically, then let's put the ATRs back in the classroom where they belong. Doesn't the City's children deserve as many "quality teachers" that they can have instructing them? I think so.